Harmony Day

My favourite part of Harmony Day was the Italian perfomance and the orange hair spray. I liked the Italian perfomance because it was funny and I like Italy. I liked the orange hair spray because orange is one of my favourite colours and also because I like hair spray.

by Olivia

Harmony Day reflections

What a fantastic day we had!  Harmony Day was filled with lots of fun activities, performances, food, learning and – HARMONY.

The colour of Harmony Day is orange so we got to wear orange or outfits that represented the different cultures we come from.

During the morning we got to watch an Italian performance where the actors wore big masks and acted really funny.  The story was about a man who wanted a girl to fall in love with him so he was going to give her a magic pie to eat but the bad guy ate it instead.

This is what some of us thought about the performance:

“It was so funny”. – Jackson

“It was so cool”. – Torrey

“They were clumsy”. – Olivia

“They changed costumes”. – Hayley

“They were speaking Italian”. – Gloria

Italian Performance - so funny!

Italian Performance – so funny!

Watching the Italian performance.

Watching the Italian performance.

After the performance we got to go around and do different activities like soccer, dancing, flag making, going on a treasure hunt, learning different languages on the computer, boomerang making, getting our hair spray painted orange and learning about different countries from parents who have lived there.  After the activities we  went back to our classrooms to talk about the different cultures at Melton West.  We got to show the different countries we come from and how our cultures are special by decorating foot prints and country flags.

Chaise is colouring in the flag of Australia.

Chaise is colouring in the flag of Australia.

Karlia and Leilani both come from New Zealand.

Karlia and Leilani both come from New Zealand.

Lourdes' family comes from Australia.

Lourdes’ family comes from Australia.

Gloria comes from Italy and Xavier comes from Australia.

Gloria comes from Italy and Xavier comes from Australia.

After all of our hard work colouring, we got to try foods from different countries.  We had food from Italy, Crotia, Malta, Australia and the United States of America.  We thought the food was “delicious” and “tasty”.

Look at all that yummy food!

Look at all that yummy food!

At the end of the day we had our usual school assembly but with lots of multicultural performances like the singing of the Harmony Day song and listening to stories that kids had written about their family cultures and traditions.  The only sad part about Harmony Day was that we didn’t get to perform our Italian song that we had been practising all week because it started to rain.  But that is ok because that just means we have more time to pracise and decorate our masks.  Our principal said we could do it during Term 4 – so stay tuned.

Overall, we had a great Harmony Day!  Here are some of the comments about the day:

“Today was a very fun day from Harmony Day”. – Hayley

“I went to the dance room and we did the Cha Cha”. – Charylze

“It was a very fun day”. – Marlee

“I went in the ICT room and I made a picture for Harmony Day”. – Emily

“Today was the best day of school”. – Torrey

“Today I learnt about different cultures and some words in Chinese”. – Shiloh

“Today we had hair spray”. – Karlia

“Today we played soccer”. –  Xavier

Rita, Shiloh and Emily showing their country flags proudly.

Rita, Shiloh and Emily showing their country flags proudly.

Gloria and Marlee showing where they come from.

Gloria and Marlee showing where they come from.

Showing off their flags; Olivia, Hayley and Charlyze.

Showing off their flags; Olivia, Hayley and Charlyze.

Week 6

This week was a short week but it was still full of lots of learning.

In reading we are learning how to make predictions before and during reading.  Making a prediction is when you have a good guess about what you think will happen in the text. We can make predictions by looking at the title, looking at the pictures, reading the blurb, thinking about other books, and by using our prior knowledge or what we already know in our heads.  We also learnt that the more we know the more our predictions can grow! We showed this by using different colours to add on to our prediction every time we got new information.

prediction

In writing we are learning how to draft our stories.  This is like “Forget everything and write”.  We just want to get our ideas down on paper and not worry about spelling, capital letters or full stops.  We know that we can always go back and fix those during our revising and editing stages.

In numeracy we started our Maths Workshops.  We get to go in other classrooms and learn from other teachers.  Some of us worked on our numbers from 1-20 and some of us practiced our skip counting by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s.

The best part about this week is the 4 day weekend we get! Yea!

Week 5 – Cultures and traditions

We will be learning about different countries and their cultures (types of people). We have learnt that Australia and around the world is multicultural.  That means there are lots of different people and cultures.

We already know a little about cultures and traditions like:

  • cultures are groups of people
  • traditions are celebrations
  • people can have different cultures and traditions

Here are some things we would like to learn about:

  • Learn what other kids do at school – Marlee
  • What is it like in New York? – Leliani
  • I want to learn about Italian culture – Olivia
  • I want to learn more about the Thailand culture – Montana
  • I want to learn about people around the world – Charlyze
  • I want to learn more about different countries – Jackson
  • I want to learn about New Zealand culture – Fili
  • I want to learn about how Italians talk – Emily
  • I want to learn about Japan’s culture – Brody
  • I want to learn if people keep birds as pets – Katie
  • I want to learn if soccer is a social norm – Jett
  • How do people know how to talk – Mikaela
  • I want to learn about London culture – Rita
  • I want to learn what people eat around the world – Karlia
  • Do different lands have same food and different food – Georgie
  • I want to learn more about American people – Emaan
  • I want to learn about how they eat in China – Shiloh
  • I want to learn more about Australian culture and language – Gloria
  • I want to learn about Science in other countries – Ashlea
  • I want to learn about people, if they drive or walk in different countries – Catherine
  • I want to learn about Paris culture – Torrey
  • I want to learn about karate – Benjamin
  • I want to learn more about the Melbourne culture – Samuel

We would love to hear what some of your cultures and traditions are.  Please leave a comment and share.  This can be about where you live, what food you eat, holidays you celebrate or clothes you wear.